Wimmer, Holiday Inn Racing Score Solid Fourth-Place Finish at Dover
Race/Date: Camping World RV Sales 200 supporting the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma – Sept. 20, 2008
Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway
Start Position: 10th
Finish Position: Fourth
Owner’s Point Standing: Fourth
Sound pit strategy paved the way for Scott Wimmer and the Holiday Inn Racing team’s fourth-place effort in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway.
The fourth-place finish was Wimmer’s fifth top-five finish this season behind the wheel of the Holiday Inn Chevy and advanced Richard Childress Racing’s No. 29 machine 44 points on Joe Gibbs’ No. 20 machine. The team maintained the fourth position in the 2008 NNS owners’ championship point standings but, for the fourth week in a row, made gains on the leader. The team now sits 259 markers behind the leader and just eight points out of third. Despite having competed in just 19 of the division’s first 29 events, Wimmer advanced one position, to 16th, in the NNS drivers’ point standings.
In Saturday morning’s time trials, the 32-year-old driver navigated the one-mile Dover oval in 23.675 seconds (152.059 mph). The solid run was good enough to line Wimmer and his green and white Chevy on the outside of row five for the 200-lap showdown.
Right out of the gate, Wimmer reported a tight-handling Chevrolet to crew chief Pat Smith and the No. 29 Chevy slipped back as far as 13th. By lap 20, still battling an ill-tempered machine, he made his ascent of the leaderboard and was scored fifth when the day’s first caution flag waved on lap 70.
Smith called his driver to pit road for four fresh Goodyears, fuel, a track bar adjustment and air pressure adjustments to two of the four tires to help ease the handling on the No. 29 machine. Quick work by the over-the-wall crew advanced the team one spot on pit road.
The field went back to green on lap 76 and Wimmer continued to grapple with an ill-handling machine but was able to maintain his footing in the top five. The day’s third caution flag was displayed on lap 96 and Smith’s pit strategy came in to play. The Wausau, Wis., native peeled off the racing surface fourth and the team opted to take right-side tires only, with an air pressure adjustment to the front tire, and another track bar adjustment. The blue and green Chevy was the first team off pit road.
Wimmer went back to green on lap 104 fifth in the running order after the four cars in front of him opted to stay on track. He didn’t get the clean air the team was expecting with the pit strategy but continued to battle for position in the top seven.
The fourth caution flag waved on lap 140 and Wimmer made his way back down pit road. Smith opted to engage the same pit strategy to get his driver out front and again called for right-side tires only and fuel. The Holiday Inn Chevy exited pit road first after another lightning-fast pit stop from the boys in blue and green.
The No. 29 was displayed first on the leaderboard for the lap 147 restart. Unfortunately, the left-side tires couldn’t hold up to those with four-fresh tires and Wimmer fell back to third 11 laps later. The No. 88 machine got by the No. 29 as the seventh and final caution flag flew two laps shy of the scheduled 200-lap distance, setting up a green-white-checkered-flag finish
Kyle Busch earned his eighth Nationwide Series victory of 2008, beating Mike Bliss, Brad Keselowski, Wimmer and Carl Edwards to the finish line. RCR teammate Clint Bowyer took the checkers 10th.
Jeff Burton will be behind the wheel of the Holiday Inn Chevrolet when the NASCAR Nationwide Series travels to the Sunflower State for its annual stop at Kansas Speedway.
The Kansas Lottery 300 will be televised live on ESPN2 Sat., Sept. 27 beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 30th of 35 races on the 2008 schedule for NASCAR’s junior division will be televised the same day on SPEED beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT. MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio will broadcast qualifying updates live.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTE:
“It was a pretty tough race today. We tried a different pit strategy and took right-side tires twice so our left-side tires had a lot of laps on them. I wish we took four but we had to try something to try and beat the No. 18. The only way to beat him was to get out in front of him or wreck him and none of us did that. The Holiday Inn crew did a great job on pit road today. I’ll have a couple weeks off when Jeff’s (Burton) behind the wheel and, hopefully, we will finish the season strong.”
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